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Letter from Rachel G.

posted Mar 30, 2011, 8:01 AM by Carl McGrath

Aaron could not read when he began a year of CLARA Therapy as a 3rd grader.  Three years later, his mother wrote:


Dr. McGrath,

Just thought you would be interested in how [Aaron] is doing in Middle School.  He started a local public school … July 29th in the 6th grade.  We asked for an individualized education program for his dyslexia and have met with his teachers and the LD head teacher twice this year.  Aaron's specified learning disability is in written expression only.  Because of his performance to date in school, he is left in regular classes with weekly consultative visits by LD head teacher.  If he asks, they will let him use his textbooks on tape that we got from the Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic and will give him extra time to complete work.  Aaron; however, is thriving without any modifications!


He has Advanced Reading, English/Literature, Math, Science, Social Studies, PE and Art.  Aaron has had a number of vocabulary tests and pop quizzes, and 2 comprehensive tests.  He has made 100% on all but 4 with the lowest grade being an 80 and the others 90 or 95.  He also loves doing homework!  He tries to get it done before soccer practice or while I make dinner.  We never have to bribe or fight with him to get it done.  Hardly the same child as last year.


Finally, he was given the STAR Reading test this week.  He brought home the report today and we are just stunned at the results.  Grade equivalent 9.7; Percentile rank 92; Instructional Reading level 9.3; Zone of proximal development 5.4 - 8.9.  All this for the kid who 3 years ago couldn't read at a kindergarten level!


Carl, I don't know that Tony and I have expressed how much you mean to our family.  What you did for Aaron changed his life.  You gave him the tools and the self confidence to succeed in spite of his dyslexia.  As you can see, he is not only succeeding but excelling!  I continue to sing your praises to everyone I meet who has a child with reading challenges.  If only one child gets to work with you and succeed as Aaron, then I know I have given one other parent joy and peace of mind.  Thank you!  Thank you!  Thank you!